What God Hates

Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. (Genesis 6:11-12)

God is altogether holy, He is altogether righteous and He is altogether just. Because these attributes are His very nature, there are certain sins which, scripture tells us, He finds abominable. In Proverbs 6, verses 16-19 we are given seven specific sins that God hates:

  • Pride
  • Lies
  • Murder
  • Wicked imaginations
  • Cause others to suffer
  • Lies against others
  • Trouble makers

What makes these sins especially vile? These sins represent a culmination of the total depravity of man’s heart. All the way back in Genesis we read:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.(Genesis 6:6)

Because God is love, it is necessary that He hate evil.

And then God speaks what I consider among the saddest words in all of scripture-

So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7)

Because God is love, it is necessary that He hate evil. Scripture tells us that, those who are in Christ are to do likewise; to hate that which God hates – “Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked”. (Psalms 97:10)

And conversely to love that which God loves – but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:5-6)

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